First post to HBT, but long time reader of HBD (in its heyday) and this terrific site.
I purchased 2 Wyeast 3787 Activator smack packs a few months ago but never brewed. They are dated 12/2012. I'm not holding out much hope for these based on their age so I recently purchased another that was dated 4/2013.
I plan to brew an all-grain Belgian Tripel with an O.G. of about 1.080. Mr. Malty says I will need ~275 Billion cells.
Here are the options I feel I have for making a starter. BTW, I will be using a stir plate and 2L flask. I limit the qty of starter in a 2L flask to about 1.6L.
Ditch the 2 12/2012 packs and just go with the 4/2013 pack and a 1.6L starter. I don't think I will yield enough cells with this option.
Make 2 1.6L starters where I use both 12/2012 packs in one and the 4/2013 pack in the other.
Make 2 1.6L starters and _try_ to split the 4/2013 pack in half between the 2.
Looking for opinions/suggestions/other options, etc.